“These are the top smartphones that you can buy in India under Rs 10k”

Plenty of manufacturers such as Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, ASUS, Nokia and others, are selling budget smartphones that feature impressive spec sheets. Most recently, big brands such as Samsung, have also stepped into the voluminous sub-Rs 10k segment with its A and M series of smartphones. In this post, we are going to list down the best smartphones that you can get under Rs 10,000. Let’s get right to it.  

Redmi Note 7

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The Redmi Note 7 is the latest budget smartphone from Xiaomi and it has a lot to offer. The handset features a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a small waterdrop notch at the top. The phone uses glass on both the front and back, with an aluminium frame in between. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset and is coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A dual-camera setup sits at the back, with a 12-megapixel shooter, which is paired with a 5-megapixel depth unit. Selfies is courtesy a 13-megapixel front camera. A 4,000mAh battery keeps the package running. 

Related read: Redmi Note 7 (China edition) review  

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

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You’re probably tired of seeing this phone in almost every other list. Well, that’s because ASUS has done a great job with the new Max Pro M2. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base model. The phone features a 6.26-inch full HD+ display with a notch at the top and Gorilla Glass 6 protection. For imaging, you get 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel shooters on the back and a 13MP camera is available. The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 also promises an incredible battery life, thanks to the 5,000mAh cell. The phone also runs stock Android, which makes it rather unique. 

Related read: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 review 

Realme 3


This is the latest smartphone to come out of Realme’s stable and is a solid upgrade over the Realme 2. Under the hood, the phone is equipped with the MediaTek Helio P70 processor, which works alongside 3GB of RAM. However, the device comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ display, compared to the FHD+ displays on the two phones above. As for cameras, the device features a main 13-megapixel sensor at the back, which is paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Another 13-megapixel camera is available at the front, for selfies. The Realme 3 promises to last long, all thanks to its 4,230mAh battery. 

Related read: Realme 3 review 

Samsung Galaxy M10 32GB


The Galaxy M10 is Samsung’s answer to Chinese domination in the budget category. If you overlook the plain back design, the phone has quite a lot to offer. The handset features a 6.22-inch HD+ display, and also gets a tiny V-shaped notch up top. The phone is powered by an Exynos 7870 processor, which is paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. There’s a 13-megapixel primary camera on the back, accompanied by a 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. A 5-megapixel selfies camera is available up front. Fuelling the Galaxy M10 is a 3,400mAh battery.

We would also like to give a shoutout to the Samsung Galaxy A10, which is also a really good budget smartphone with similar specifications as the M10. 

Related read: Samsung Galaxy M10 review 

Nokia 5.1 Plus

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The Nokia 5.1 Plus is probably the best-looking device in this list. It’s a very popular smartphone that includes features such as a 5.8-inch HD+ display, MediaTek’s Helio P60 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 3,060mAh battery. The phone has a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel sensor paired with a 5-megapixel depth unit. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera takes care of selfies. The phone is also part of Google’s Android One initiative, and hence promises faster updates. 

Related read: Nokia 5.1 Plus review  

Honor 9N


Although this one is an oldie, it is still golden. The Honor 9N is packed with the Kirin 659 chipset, which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. On the front, a 5.84-inch FHD+ display is available with a notch at the top. The phone features a 16MP selfie camera and a pair of 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel shooters on the rear. A 3,000mAh battery juices up the phone. On the software side of things, it runs EMUI based on Android Oreo. 

Related read: Honor 9N review 

These are the best smartphones that you can buy right now, all priced under Rs 10k. Which one would you go for? Let us know in the comment box below.